CLAS Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences currently supports 46 different scholarships through the College's annual scholarship competition. As a result of the generosity of all our scholarship donors, the College has been able to provide close to $409,300 in scholarship assistance to 126 students this fall.  View 2014-2015 scholarship recipients.

Applications for the 2014–2015 school year will be available November 1, 2013–February 3, 2014.  Many scholarships require that applicants have filed the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For continuing students, the FAFSA filed for the 2013-14 academic year will be used in the selection process. If you are a new incoming first year student or new transfer student, be sure to have your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completed and submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid by March 15, 2014.

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out more information about scholarships and completing the FAFSA.

To be eligible for any CLAS scholarship, students must:

  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • be enrolled in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting program and seeking your first undergraduate degree.

The deadline for most applications is Monday, February 3, 2014.  Letters of recommendation , when needed, will be accepted until Monday, February 10, 2014.  Scholarship awards for 2014-2015 academic year will be announced by April 14, 2014.

List of scholarships and applications

Note: When applying, make sure you have the full name and correct University of Iowa e-mail address of those submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. (Up to two people may submit letters of recommendation; all recommenders must be faculty, staff, or teaching assistants at The University of Iowa.)

Once you submit your application, an e-mail will be automatically sent to the individuals writing your letters of recommendation. That e-mail will contain the correct information on how to submit the letters of recommendation electronically.  Letters of recommendation cannot be submitted until your application is complete.

For entering first-year students only

Applications for the Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship will be available November 1, 2013–February 3, 2014.  No application is required for the CLAS Excellence Award, Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship or the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship.

Scholarship Eligibility and Availability

CLAS Excellence Awards

First-year students only -must apply for UI Presidential Scholarship to be considered, no other application is required.

Robert F. and Mary J. Godwin Scholarship

First-year students only
Next available application 2016-2017

Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship

First-year students only - must apply for UI Presidential Scholarship to be considered.  No other application is required.

William and Effa McMeans Scholarships

First-year students only - no application required

Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships

First-year students only- apply online November 1, 2013

Charles E. and Eleanore G. Wilson Scholarship in Actuarial Science and Statistics


Entering first-year, entering transfer, or current students
First priority given to undergraduate students  in Actuarial Science  who exhibit demonstrated intellect, creativity,  ambition and financial need.   Application will be available November 1, 2013.- March 15, 2014

Merit scholarships for currently enrolled students in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting program.

Applications for the 2014–2015 school year available November 1, 2013–February 3, 2014

Scholarship Eligibility
Margaret Conner Scholarship

All CLAS majors. Iowa Resident

Croft Family Scholarship Major in International Studies-application deadline is October 21, 2013.

Bill and John Fenton Scholarships 

All CLAS majors

Grisamore Liberal Arts & Sciences Scholarship Fund

All CLAS majors

Richard J. Odem Scholarship

Major in Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics

George S. Schaeffer Scholarships

Major in an eligible science (see scholarship
information for list)

Dr. George Schulz-Behrend Fund

Major in German-application deadline is February 1, 2014.

Velma E. Stuit Scholarships

Women majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry,
Physics, or another science

Esther Walls Scholarship

Major in the fine arts, social sciences,
or humanities

Mae Rodger White Scholarship Annually rotates

Financial need-based scholarships for all CLAS majors

To apply for all of the following scholarships for the 2014–2015 school year, complete the online application between November 1, 2013 and February 3, 2014. Completion of the FAFSA is also required for consideration.

Scholarship Eligibility

Mary Goodykoontz Barnes Scholarship

Financial need-based

Nadyne Harris Scholarships

Financial need-based

Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarships

Financial need-based

Margaret Foster Hoff Memorial Scholarship

Financial need-based

Alexander Kern Scholarships

Financial need-based

Faith M. Knowler Scholarship

Financial need-based

Edward Prichett Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based

Myrna Lee Sprengeler Memorial Scholarship

Financial need-based

Mary Campbell Tow Scholarship

Financial need-based

CLAS Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

Financial need-based

Financial need-based scholarships for specific CLAS majors

Applications for the 2014–2015 school year available November 1, 2013 –February 3, 2014.
Completion of the FAFSA is required for consideration.

Scholarship Eligibility and Availability

LuVella Burnett Scholarship

Financial need-based

Jackie L. Christopher Scholarship

Major in Mathematics or Computer Science

Roger H. and Marilyn J. Coleman Scholarship

Major in Communication Studies or Journalism & Mass Communication

James and Syndy Conger Scholarship

Major in a classical or modern language (see scholarship
information for list of majors)

Lennis J. Holm Scholarship

Annually rotates among English–Nonfiction Writing (2014-15), Theatre Arts--Playwriting (2015-16), and Cinema--Screenwriting (2017-18)

David W. Koehser Scholarship

Major in Economics, Political Science, or History

Morris & Lenore Mandelbaum Family Fund Scholarship Major in Anthropology, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Political Science, Economics (BA or BS), History, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, International Studies
Mary Pelechek Scholarship Fund

Major in Music or the Fine Arts. Applicants of Bohemian (Czech) descent given preference

Adelaide Boerner Trickey Scholarship

Major in Music or Psychology
Rotates on a two-year basis between the School of
Music and the Department of Psychology (see scholarship
information for dates)  Application available fall 2014

Richard S. and Helene D. Trump Scholarship

Major in German (2014-2015)
Annually alternates between German and School of Art and Art History

Charles E. and Eleanore G. Wilson Scholarship in Actuarial Science

Current students, entering first-year, or transfer students.
Priority given to students who have a major or interest in Actuarial Science.  Statistics majors are also eligible to apply.  The application will be available November 1, 2013 - March 15, 2014.

Rainbow Science Scholarship Fund Must have a major in one of the following departments: Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics, Biology, Communications Science & Disorders, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health & Human Physiology, Psychology, and/or Statistics & Actuarial Science.

 Other scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility and Availability

Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship

Major in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.  Application available in Spring 2014

Adele Kimm Scholarship

Major in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. Application available November 2013.

Hogan Family Scholarship

Available to  Writer's Workshop students in 2014–15, History majors for 2015–16, and to English majors in 2017–18.

Jacob A. Swisher Prize

Major in History or Political Science. Rotates annually. Available to History (2014-2015) and to Political Science (2015-2016).

Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship

Major in History

M. Gladys Scott Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available beginning fall 2013

Homewood Memorial Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate majors in Sport Studies.
Application available beginning fall 2013

C. Pauline Spencer Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available beginning fall 2013

Miriam Taylor Scholarship

Undergradaute and Graduate major in Sport Studies.
Application available beginning fall 2013

The Dewey Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research

All CLAS majors

Ferentz Undergraduate Fellowships for Research

Research majors